It appears that Meridian's hospitals, when compared to the rest of the nation, are doing pretty well when it comes to the treatment of heart attacks. A report released yesterday by the U-S Department of Health and Human Services compared hospitals all over the nation in several categories, including heart attack treatment and mortality rates.
Only Rush Foundation Hospital and Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center had a large enough sample to compare the treatment rates, and they both stacked up better than average.
ACE Inhibitors, which help lower blood pressure for those having heart attacks, are considered an important drug to give victims quickly . . . nationally, they're given to about 82 percent of patients . . . in Mississippi, the average is about 80%, but at Anderson it's 100% and at Rush it's 97%.
Aspirin is also considered an important drug for heart attack sufferers to get quickly. Nationally, 92% of patients get it. In Mississippi, 86% do, but it's 99& at Anderson and 97% at Rush.
Beta blockers are given to help treat chest pain, among other things. They're given to 87% of heart attack sufferers nationwide, but only about 3/4 of them in the state, but at Anderson and Rush, 99% get them.
The study also compares the 30 day mortality rate of heart attack victims . . . and finds that all three of Meridian's Hospitals have a rate that is no different than the u-s average of about 16%.
Overall, it appears that the news is that when it comes to care during and after heart attacks . . . Meridian's hospitals aren't doing half bad.